Jon Spaihts interview

Passengers was partially born out of a movie that was never made. The first script screenwriter Jon Spaihts sold was called Shadow 19, originally a Warner Bros. project that made Keanu Reeves and his producing partner, Stephen Hamel, want to continue working with Spaihts — which ultimately led to Passengers. Spaiht’s script was famously embraced by those who read it, but it went on to spend years and years in development.

Almost a decade after Passengers got started, the sci-fi romance has finally reached theaters with Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence in the starring roles. In the years since writing it, Spaihts has worked on plenty of high-profile projects, including PrometheusDoctor Strange, and The Black Hole remake, but Passengers is his first completely original script to get produced.

We recently spoke with the screenwriter — who’s looking forward to making his directorial debut when he finds the time — about Passengers many years in development, how the story evolved, a deleted scene he misses, and more. Below, read our Jon Spaihts interview.

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Passengers Reviews

Just a few days before Christmas, the sci-fi adventure romance Passengers will hit screens, putting Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence at the center of a story that feels like Titanic in space. While we’ll have to wait a little longer to see this one, some members of the press have already seen the movie ahead of time, and the first Passengers reviews have started to hit the web.

While both Pratt and Lawrence get acclaim for their performances, the consensus seems to be that their talents are wasted on a movie that never quite reaches its full potential, seemingly because director Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) doesn’t really know how to keep Jon Spaihts‘ script (which made the Black List years ago) as interesting as it should be on screen.

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passengers clip

Sony has released a couple new bits of marketing for next month’s other big space movie, Morten Tyldum‘s Passengers. The sci-fi romance stars Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt as two people who wake up 90 years early on an interstellar journey. They kill some time by falling madly in love with one another (because even in the future, human beings are powerless to resist the charms of Jennifer Lawrence or Chris Pratt) before realizing they’re screwed because their spaceship is about to fall apart.

But that disaster comes a bit later, it seems. The new Passengers clip and the new Passengers music video (with music by Imagine Dragons) show the pair in happier times, as they dive headfirst into their whirlwind romance. Click on through to check ’em out. Read More »

Passengers trailer: Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt

I suspect a great many people would be perfectly happy to find themselves stranded in space with nothing to do but make out with Chris Pratt and/or Jennifer Lawrence and trade witticisms with a robot bartender who looks like Michael Sheen. But the characters in Passengers apparently don’t feel that way. In the new sci-fi romance directed by Morten Tyldum, Jim (Pratt) and Aurora (Lawrence) are panicked to realize they’ve come out of hibernation 90 years early en route to another planet.

To be fair, it looks like they’ve got good reason to freak out. It slowly dawns on them that they were woken up for a reason, that they’re in great danger, and that there’s very little they can do about their imminent doom. Now, if it were me, I’d probably just go back to that robot bartender and keep drinking until the bitter end. But there’s a reason no one’s making movies about me. Jim and Aurora are more proactive types, who set out to get to the truth about their situation and prevent the worst from happening. Watch the Passengers trailer below. Read More »

passengers tv spot

There are several reasons I’m looking forward to Passengers, a film that I listed amongst my most anticipated movies of 2016 and broke into the top 10 on our most anticipated movies of the fall season list. The first reason is that Jon Spaihts‘ screenplay has been garnering acclaim since 2007, leading me to keep an eye on this film as it almost became a Keanu Reeves vehicle. The second reason is that the premise is so intriguing: a romance between a man and a woman prematurely awakened from their hibernation on a 90-year journey to a colony on a distant planet. And once the film was cast, there became a third reason: there are few modern screen couples that sound as instantly appealing as Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence.

The first TV spot for the film has arrived and it touches on everything that makes this movie look so darn nifty. Big spaceship sets! Expensive science fiction action! Smoldering shots of the two leads staring into each other’s eyes!

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Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Teaser Poster

Just recently, the first teaser trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was classified with a running time of 1 minute and 29 seconds. With Doctor Strange set to hit international markets next week, we’re likely to get this teaser trailer either later this week or early next week. But in the meantime, the first Guardians of the Galaxy 2 teaser poster has arrived.

Unlike the polished posters we’ve come to expect from Marvel Studios movies, this particular teaser poster looks more like an album cover straight out of the 1980s, and it has a rather cocky tagline as well. Check out the poster after the jump. Read More »

Jurassic World behind the scenes footage

What’s the point of showing up on a talk show if you don’t have a movie, tv show or music album to promote? It seems like almost everything these days is timed for the sole purpose of spiking the social shares and trying to create an explosion of buzz in the real world. Movie promotion usually comes in two waves, with the release of a film theatrically, and then later around the home video release. After that, we usually don’t see more material from a film because film studios believe there isn’t a point. But now in the world of cinematic universes and not just franchises but brands that stretch into the far reaches, maybe they see a reason?

I recently discovered that Universal Pictures has been updating the Jurassic Park youtube account with new content on almost a daily basis. The new content is anything from featurettes that originally appeared on the home video release, to behind the scenes b-roll footage, to rough-cut dailies, previs and more. Now I know you might not be as big of a fan of Jurassic World as I am, but I think you might be able to find some enjoyment in the wealth of content that has been released. I’ve always found it frustrating how much footage is captured during the making of a film, yet only a small percentage of it makes it to the home video release. I hope more movie studios can learn from this.

Hit the jump to check out some of the highlights from the Jurassic World behind the scenes footage.
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passengers trailer

On paper, Passengers feels genetically modified to make all of the money in the world. It’s an action-packed science fiction spectacle that is also an intriguing mystery that is also romantic tale of (literally?) star-crossed lovers that also happens to star Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, two of the most instantly likable people being filmed by cameras today. Based purely on its concept (and on the fact that Jon Spaihts‘ screenplay was garnering acclaim for years before it was produced), the new film from director Morten Tyldum made our top 10 most anticipated movies of the fall.

Now that the first trailer has arrived, will I regret fighting for it to be ranked so high?

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2016 fall movie preview passengers

We’ve seen trailers for most of the wide releases coming out this Christmas, including Assassin’s CreedGoldCollateral BeautyWhy Him?, and of course Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. One of the films we’ve yet to see a trailer for is director Morten Tyldum‘s (The Imitation Game) sci-fi romance Passengers, but that’ll change tomorrow.

Below, watch the Passengers trailer teaser.

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is filled with exciting possibilities. Part of the enormous fun in The Avengers films or Captain America: Civil War is seeing these heroes interact with each other, and seeing how their personalities clash in those interchanges. But if you ask Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt, the character he would be most interested in seeing Star-Lord meeting on the big screen would have to be The Punisher.

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